Rick Warren Pays Tribute To Celebrate Recovery Co-Founder John Baker

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The megachurch pastor said his longtime friend had impacted the lives of millions of people.

By Bob Smietana

Original Source: religionnews.com

(RNS) — When he first came to Saddleback, John Baker’s life was unraveling.

A successful businessman and Air Force veteran, Baker, who died unexpectedly this week at 72, once dreamed of going into ministry. After the military, he got a job in the corporate world but stayed involved in church working as a youth leader.

He was successful at both, but he was also, in his own description, a “functioning alcoholic.” He could keep up at work and at home, while also managing his steady alcohol intake — and his hangovers…click here to continue reading

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